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Although the temperatures haven’t indicated that Spring is on its way, the sun sure has. The days are longer and brighter and all of this sunshine is making me happy. And also, a little squirrely. Suddenly I have the urge to reorganize the freezer, air out the pillows, and generally give everything A Good Deep […]

This is the time of year that many Ottawa parents start to think ahead to school enrollment for their kids. September seems very far away, but in terms of school planning, it isn’t. Choosing a school is a big consideration and I know how stressful and overwhelming it can be. I asked Derek Rhodenizer, Assistant […]

10 Jan, 2016

Where Math and Parenting intersect (Part 2)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Fishbowl patrons

On Friday, I wrote a bit about my personal experience in the education system as it pertains to learning math. To summarize: although some of my peers excelled, the way math was taught wasn’t a good match for my own learning style. I’m old enough to understand what kind of learner I am. I can’t […]

This is probably the best time of year to take a moment and reflect on where our kids are at in terms of their education. Post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas craziness… at this point the kids have had ample time to settle into to school routine, get to know their teachers, and re-learn a few things they may […]

We have a winner! The email has been sent and the name posted in the last comment. Thanks all for your entries, stories, and confessions. :) When our daughters were very young I made a concerted effort never to appear squeamish or grossed out by any spider, snail, or snake that we’d come across during […]


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  • Tricia: I love this article. I had a TIA (mini stroke) in my early twenties, and while I appreciated my life before that, I REALLY did afterwards. I've trav
  • Claudette (@WriterOfWords91): That is awfully inspiring! And I too have never seen an owl in the wild. I have however seen a hedgehog in the wild and your post reminded me of that.
  • andrea tomkins: It was an Eastern Screech Owl! :)
  • Heather: We make the most of each day, in other words, living our dash. Enjoying the little things life has to offer.
  • Honest Ave: So...what species of owl was it? 8-
  • Craig: UnderDOG, originally from Milwaukee WI. Everyone called it that there. Now I live near Appleton WI and my kids call it UnderDUCK. WTF?????
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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (16) and Sarah (14). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times, and a regular contributor to MediaSmarts.ca. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger, and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999... which makes me either a total dinosaur or a veteran, I'm not sure which! The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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